Building Bridges: Sandy Cleanup Hires Face Health & Safety Dangers and Austerity Threatens America's Future
Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Produced by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Unprotected Sandy Cleanup Hires Face Health & Safety Threats
Joel Shufro, Exec. Dir. NY Committee for Occupational Safety
and Health (âNYCOSHâ)
Luzdary Giraldo, NYCOSH Community Outreach Organizer
NYCOSH is demanding employers and government agencies
respond to the massive health and safety violations thousands of
cleanup workers face in the wake of Sandy, so as not to repeat
the 911 fiasco which continues to cost the lives of first responders.
Thousands of Sandy workers are facing health and safety hazards
as they cleanup the wreckage, and are forced to work 10 - 12 hour
shifts often without even receiving the minimum wage.
350 Economists Warn Obama and Congress:
Unwise Deficit Reduction Could Kill Recovery.
Economy Needs Growth and Jobs, Not Austerity.
Robert Pollin, Univ. of Massachusetts, Economist and co-director,
Political Economy Research Institute (PERI)
Teresa Ghirarducci, Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic
Policy Analysis at the The New School
Warning that the U.S. economy is still âmarked by mass unemployment,
rising poverty, and declining wages.â 350 prominent economists issued
a statement with the Campaign for Americaâs Future that, âthe fragile
recovery is threatened by obsessive concern with cutting deficits that
has infected both parties.â
The economistsâ statement highlighted that drastic spending cuts adopted
in a âgrand bargainâ aimed at avoiding sequestration could have such a
contractionary impact on the still-fragile economy that the U.S. could join
European countries in plunging into recession as a result of misguided
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